Sunday, 27 April 2014

Why has Central Asia always attracted British Adventurers? (talk)

I'm already going to +Cineworld Cinemas on the 1st of May for the +National Theatre Live screening of King Lear, but if Shakespeare isn't your thing, there's also a potentially fascinating talk at the +Redoubt Fortress on the same evening. Sir John Ure will discuss why Central Asia has always attracted British Adventurers. The talk is to raise funds for +Pestalozzi UK, a charity offering life-changing opportunities to young people from disadvantaged communities around the world.

Sir John Ure’s talk will give us a unique insight into the motives and adventures of those early explorers, soldiers, merchants and missionaries who risked their lives among the emirs and khans of Central Asia, and who made the first two-way contact with people whose rich cultures and traditions were so different to their own. 

Sir John Ure’s diplomatic career included postings at embassies in Moscow, Leopoldville, Santiago and Lisbon. He is former British Ambassador to Cuba, Brazil and Sweden and Commissioner-General for Expo ’92 in Spain. Now an historian and travel writer, Sir John has served on the council of the Royal Geographical Society and was for 10 years Chairman of the judges of the Travel book of the Year award.

After the talk, drinks will be served in the Redoubt CafĂ© where there will be an opportunity to meet some of Pestalozzi’s inspirational students and find out about their extraordinary lives.

Redoubt Fortress, Thu 1st May, 18:00.
Tickets £15, purchasing details on the Pestalozzi website.

Pestalozzi students

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